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San Diego Attorney Awarded Top Honors for Groundbreaking Work in Civil Rights Case Against Orange County Social Services Agency

San Diego (PRWEB) November 7, 2007

On November 2, 2007, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association awarded a San Diego attorney top honors in electing him as the “Top Gun – Trial Attorney of The Year” in the area of civil rights. The award was based on the 4.9 million dollar jury verdict obtained by Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick, against Orange County, its Social Services Agency, and two of its social workers Marcia Vreeken and Helen Dwojak earlier this year in a lawsuit alleging violations of her Constitutional right to familial association.

This case (Fogarty-Hardwick v. County of Orange, et al.; Superior Court of California, County of Orange; Case No. 01CC02379; Trial before Hon. Ronald L. Bauer, Dept. CX103) was brought by Deanna Fogarty against the County of Orange, Marcia Vreeken, Elaine Wilkins, and their supervisor Helen Dwojak to recover damages arising from Defendants alleged falsification of evidence, perjury, and suppression of exculpatory evidence during a juvenile dependency action back in February of 2000. On March 23, 2007 after over six years of litigation and a seven week trial, an Orange County Jury found against Orange County, social worker Marcia Vreeken, and social worker supervisor Helen Dwojak and awarded monetary damages of $ 4.9 million. A third social worker, Elaine Wilkins was found not liable.

In addition to seeking damages, Ms. Fogarty also sought to enjoin the Orange County Social Services Agency from continuing its allegedly unlawful practice of making allegations of wrong doing against parents in dependency proceedings without supporting evidence. On May 14, 2007 Orange County Superior Court Judge, Ronald Bauer (Dept. CX-103) issued an injunction against the Orange County Social Services Agency requiring the agency to obtain “reasonable and articulable evidence” prior to initiating dependency proceedings alleging abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child.

In accepting the “Top Gun” award Shawn A. McMillan said: “Ms. Fogarty should not have had to step outside her community to find an attorney to represent her. Trial attorneys are a pretty elite group, and as officers of the court we have taken an oath, and it is our duty, to protect and defend the Constitution, and the rights arising therefrom. These cases are important cases and should be brought and tried. We’ve proven that they can be won, now its your job to carry the ball the rest of the way, to accept these types of cases, and force a change in the system.”

For additional information, contact:

Shawn A. McMillan, Esq.


4955 Via Lapiz

San Diego, California 92122

Telephone: (858) 646-0069

Facsimile: (206) 600-4582

Website: http://www.mcmillan-law.com


Spacesaver Dealer McMurray Stern Awarded the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services Storage Solutions Contract

Los Angeles CA (PRWEB) December 10, 2007

Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) has awarded their storage solution contract to McMurray Stern, the exclusive Spacesaver area contractor for the greater Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County and Central Coast areas.

The Riverside County DPSS records center was nearing maximum capacity. McMurray Stern in partnership with G/M Business Interiors, provided a storage solution which would replace the existing stationary shelving on the first floor of the facility with eighteen (18) modules of high-density mobile shelving. This new Spacesaver Eclipse(TM) powered solution allowed more than 500,000 linear filing inches of records from multiple floors to be consolidated to the first floor, streamlining the file retrieval process.

The Eclipse(TM) powered system uses menu-based configurability which makes it easier for users to build the system they need by selecting features and options on an ‘a la carte’ basis, Additional safety and programmable features can be added to the powered system in the future, allowing it to evolve with business needs.

“This is an immense project. The Department Of Public Social Services required an experienced company who had implemented projects similar in size and scope.” said Matt Denburg, President of McMurray Stern. “By installing compact shelving, additional capacity was provided for DPSS, thus extending the life of their facility.”

The Department of Public Social Services contributes to the safety and security of thousands of abused and neglected children and adults by serving as the county’s child and adult protective services agency. Foster care, kinship care, In-Home Supportive Services, and adoption services are just a few of the programs available that provide protection for young and old alike. The county’s award winning Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (CARE) program provides education and outreach for the community to assist in the prevention of financial abuse and consumer fraud. More information about The Department of Public Social Services can be found on their website at: http://www.dpss.co.riverside.ca.us

About McMurray Stern

As a 27 year strong company founded in 1980, McMurray Stern is the leading source of design and build solutions for filing and storage systems in Southern California. They have been the exclusive Southern California Area Contractor for Spacesaver Corporation since inception, and have continued their relationship with Spacesaver with no interruptions. This significant milestone places McMurray Stern in an elite group of providers who have successfully improved the way business offices, libraries, healthcare facilities, schools, museums, justice facilities, and industrial facilities manage filing and storage operations. Some of their service offerings include; structural evaluations and calculations, cost analysis, budgetary evaluations, consulting design services, relocation planning and coordination, and document conversions, file tracking and imaging application implementation. More information can be found on their website: http://www.mcmurraystern.com, or by contacting them directly at 562.623.3000.


Spectrum K12 Awarded “Best K-12 Enterprise Solution” Award Wins SIIA Award Second Consecutive Year

Towson, MD (PRWEB) May 12, 2009

Spectrum K12 School Solutions, the leading provider of student achievement management, Response to Intervention (RTI) and special education IEP software has been awarded the “Best K-12 Enterprise Solution” by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). Winners at the 24th Annual CODiE Awards Gala in San Francisco on May 5 were chosen from more than 850 products submitted by 600 companies.

Spectrum K12 earned the award for its EXCEED product, an integrated student achievement management platform allowing teachers to drive day-to-day activities, research based interventions and outcomes to help all students achieve success while giving administrators the ability to see what’s working and what’s not by student, by teacher or by intervention. EXCEED monitors academic and behavioral progress, displays efficacy and fidelity, and surfaces achievement gaps at the student, class, grade, group or district level.

The award for “Best K-12 Enterprise Solution” acknowledges the software platform that best supports district and state-wide implementations in supporting their core mission of raising student achievement.

“We are extremely honored to win such a prestigious award two consecutive years against such strong competition,” said Jim Marshall, president and CEO of Spectrum K12 School Solutions. “This award recognizes our commitment to districts and states in providing the most innovative and effective personalized learning process management tools to drive student achievement and move every child forward.”

“Now in its 24th year, the CODiE Awards continue to recognize those companies providing the best new technology products and services across a broad array of industries,” noted SIIA President Ken Wasch. “In addition, its winners are a prolific testament to the power of technology to deliver innovative solutions to businesses and consumers. SIIA warmly congratulates all of the winners and nominees of the CODiE Awards, whose innovation is essential for continuing America’s leadership in the global knowledge economy,” Wasch continued.

For a list of winners, visit http://siia.net/codies/2009/winners.asp.

About Spectrum K12 School Solutions

Spectrum K12 School Solutions Inc. is the leading provider of student achievement management, Response to Intervention (RTI) and special education IEP software serving 11% of the U.S. K-12 student population including 20 of the top 100 school districts in the United States. Our EXCEED student achievement management software gives teachers an easy way to drive day-to-day activities, research based interventions and outcomes to help all students achieve success. EXCEED monitors academic and behavioral progress, displays efficacy and fidelity, and surfaces achievement gaps at the student, class, grade, group or district level. Our patented software has enabled personalized learning for over 5 million children in 29 states in support of our mission to close the achievement gap and Move Every Child Forward. For more information visit http://www.spectrumK12.com.

About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit http://www.siia.net. For CODiE Awards specific information, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2009/.


Stonz Winter Baby Boots Awarded Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) November 24, 2010

With winter weather moving in, Stonz Booties have come out on top when it comes to gearing up babies and toddlers for the great outdoors. Stonz Wear, a popular manufacturer of high-quality infant and childrens outerwear, today announced its innovative Stonz Booties received a Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center for Holiday 2010 products. The award identifies the finest products and services in todays market geared to the parent/child audience.

Newly available in the U.S. market, Stonz flexible nylon and fleece-lined Booties are weather-resistant and feature a wide opening that make them easy to slip over other socks, slippers, shoes or bare feet. The Booties cover all the way through mid-calf to protect both feet and ankle, and are fastened securely in place by two adjustable toggles to ensure they stay on little feet. The soft-soled Booties recommended for developing feet can be worn outdoors as well as indoors, and are available in sizes to fit newborns through toddlers.

Stonz Booties are unlike anything on the market, and were developed out of necessity after I resorted to wrapping scarves around my infants feet and ankles to keep him warm in the snow, said Stonz Wear Founder Lisa Will. I knew Stonz was on to something when we became flooded by customers asking if they could have some Stonz Wear business cards to pass out, because they were stopped so often by strangers asking where they could get our baby boots!

Stonz Booties were recognized as one of three Holiday 2010 Seal of Approval Winners in the Children’s Clothing and Accessories category. To receive the award, the booties underwent an eight-week test period that solicited evaluations from parents and children, signifying to other parents Stonz Booties are peer-approved. The award evaluators cited many positive Stonz qualities, including the non-slip grip, wide-opening for easy on and off, ability to machine wash the booties, and the contemporary style, among others.

Stonz Booties come in over forty unique designs, in sizes small through XL, and retail for $ 42.95. Stonz Linerz, an additional fleece liner that slips inside Booties to provide additional warmth and protection in very cold temperatures, are available for $ 17.95. Stonz also sells Hatz and Mittz to compliment its Booties. All products are available at http://www.stonzwear.com.

About Stonz Wear:

Based in Vancouver, BC, Stonz Wear is a leading Canadian manufacturer of childrens outerwear products. The company offers a range of durable and functional booties, hats and mittens suitable for infants through toddlers and up. Quality, innovation, function and style are the four signature elements of all Stonz products, and each offering is designed to help active parents share the great outdoors with their children. All Stonz products are handmade in Canada and are available throughout North America, Europe and Japan. http://www.stonzwear.com.


TransCash Awarded US Process Patent for Dual Prepaid Family Member Card System

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 7, 2010

TransCash, Corp. a financial services company, based in Los Angeles, has received US Patent 7,581,674 B2 entitled Financial Transaction System and Method from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The process patent describes a system of sharing money using two prepaid cards. A dual-card package containing two prepaid cards is purchased at a point-of-sale location. The primary card is activated by the principal account cardholder depositing funds onto the card. The primary card is used for activating, reloading funds, and may transfer funds to the secondary card held by an immediate family member of the primary card account holder. The secondary prepaid card provides access to funds pursuant to terms and conditions of the card agreement.

This patent represents an important step in the development of the TransCash brand, it sets the company apart from its competitors because of the two card packages, said Charles Cohen, CEO of TransCash. This system of sharing funds represents an innovative way of sharing funds with an immediate family member or loved ones. It makes sharing money with an immediate family member easier and more affordable.

The TransCash patent addressed a need to simplify the methodology for funds being moved to an immediate family member, example a father to his daughter, to assist in providing funds to children at school, or to a father working in one area of the country, with a child or spouse in another location.

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Dr. Erik Rooklidge D.D.S. Dentistry for Children Awarded Gold Recognition as a Top 5 Utah Pediatric Dentist | SandyUtDentistry.com | Emergency Dentist | 84047

Sandy, Utah (PRWEB) November 15, 2012

Dentistry for Children provides quality children’s dentistry in the Salt Lake City area. They have two convenient locations located in Sandy and West Valley City Utah. Their mission at Dentistry for Children is to provide specialized and comprehensive pediatric dental care for children from infancy through adolescence including those with special needs in a fun, child-friendly environment with a focus on prevention and oral hygiene education. When it comes to treating children, their dentists and staff are highly trained and experienced. The compassionate experts at Dentistry for Children strive to make each child’s visit to the dentist a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Dentistry for Children doctors are board certified pediatric dentists which ensures they can meet the unique needs of every child that visits their office. The staff members are friendly, caring and always willing to offer a comforting word of support. They have designed their offices in a way that will help kids love going to the dentist. They are child friendly and are equipped with video games, televisions above all the dental chairs and playhouses in the waiting rooms. With two convenient locations in the Salt Lake City area (West Valley City, Sandy City) they have made it easy for every child to receive the quality pediatric dental care they deserve.

Sedation Dentistry: Depending on the need of the child, different kinds of sedation may be necessary. Their office is very sensitive to the needs of children and their feelings. That is why they offer this wide variety of sedative treatments that help teach children that coming to the dentist isnt something they should be afraid of.

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Safeguarding Children Online Experiential Learning Simulation Awarded Gold at The Learning Awards

Pleasanton, CA and London, UK (PRWEB) February 28, 2013

The Learning and Performance Institute, a global institute for learning and development professionals, has awarded Toolwire and Leeds Metropolitan University a Gold Medal for External Learning Project of the Year at their annual event, The Learning Awards. The award-winning project enables students to gain such Social Work experience through an interactive photorealistic immersive learning environment known as a Toolwire LearnScape.

The Leeds Metropolitan Safeguarding Children LearnScape is an online learning experience that replicates challenging child protection scenarios. Real-life characters guide students through a multi-branching story that delivers learning content, assesses progress, and helps students to revisit topics until they are proficient. This learning tool enables students to practice the behaviourial skills that are hard to teach in a traditional classroom and are typically developed through years of work experience.

The Munro Review of Child Protection (2011) cited that Theory and research are not always well integrated with practice and there is a failure to align what is taught with the realities of contemporary social work practice, commented Sarah Frame, Director of Business Development, EMEA at Toolwire. By combining Toolwire LearnScapes with the high quality content developed by Leeds Metropolitans academic staff, we are able to address this issue to develop social workers who are optimally equipped for work on the front line of child protection. Students are under immense pressure to digest and retain complex information, but the stakes are even higher when graduates are asked to apply that knowledge in sensitive real life situations where childrens lives are at stake.

Professor Sally Glen, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Leeds Metropolitan University, commented, We are pioneering the use of online Experiential Learning to ensure our students have the highest quality learning experience. It is incredibly beneficial to provide a technology-based solution that students can complete in their own time and without the self-consciousness that can sometimes be apparent in classroom-based role-play. In addition, we are responding to national concerns around the adequate preparation of social workers. In line with the Munro Review, we want our graduates to be properly equipped to deliver child protection in a multi-disciplinary setting. The immersive learning enables students to understand and experience how to work as part of an inter-professional team, which includes police, healthcare and probation officers characters. We believe this greater understanding will produce social workers who are able to work more effectively as part of a multi-agency team.

John Valencia, Toolwire President and CEO commented, We are deeply honoured to win this prestigious Learning & Performance Institute award. This new learning tool, which is now available for use by other institutions, exemplifies the power of online Experiential Learning to develop the social worker of tomorrow. Aside from the accolades, it is immensely gratifying to know that our learning solutions are not only helping to strengthen education programmes and enhance student learning, but they also contribute to improving society as a whole by training professionals responsible for protecting the lives of children.

Notes to Editor

About Toolwire

Toolwire is a learning and technology solutions provider specialising in products and services for Experiential Learning. Empowering Higher Education and corporate training institutions to deliver immersive “virtual internships” across a broad range of subject areas including Business, Health Care, Social Work, Law, Information Technology, and more, Toolwires experiential learning solutions provide the quickest, most effective way to develop skills, improve knowledge retention, and enhance student success.

About Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University has over 27,000 students and around 2,800 staff. The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University is Professor Susan Price, the Chancellor is Sir Bob Murray and the Chair of the Board is Lord Woolmer of Leeds. Leeds Metropolitans four faculties are: Arts, Environment and Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, and Carnegie. The Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) showed that the proportion of Leeds Metropolitan 2010/11 graduates in work, further study or both six months after leaving university was 91.87%. Libraries and Learning Innovation at Leeds Metropolitan was awarded the CSE standard for the tenth year running in 2012. In 2012, Leeds Metropolitan was awarded a First in the People & Planet Green League, a league table of environmentally friendly universities, for the sixth consecutive year.

About the Learning and Performance Institute

The Learning and Performance Institute is a global institute for learning and development professionals. Through an unrivaled range of membership, certification, accreditation, events and bespoke consultancy services, the Institute focuses on enhancing and recognising the skills and professional status of individuals and organisations engaged in learning activities, and assessing the quality of learning services. Established in 1995, the Learning and Performance Institute consists of over 3,000 individual members and 400 accredited organisations. For information, visit http://www.learningandperformanceinstitute.com.

About The Learning Awards

The Learning and Performance Institute hosts the annual Learning Awards to recognise outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence within the Learning & Development industry. The awards are presented at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London, at the Institute’s prestigious Awards Dinner, held in February each year.

Kiss Trust Awarded Patent for Innovative Trust Creation Technology

Bel Air, MD (PRWEB) March 04, 2013

Kiss Trust, a division of Eastern Point Trust Company, has received a United States Patent for its revolutionary online trust creation platform that brings the advantages and benefits of irrevocable trusts to families across the United States at affordable prices.

The groundbreaking online platform allows the company to provide a real time irrevocable trust document creation portal, with an array of design options and choices to meet the needs of a wide variety of families. The expense and complexity of hiring a lawyer is no longer a barrier for families seeking to benefit from the advantages that trusts offer.

“Figuring out how to save for a child or grandchilds future education needs can be a daunting task. The most commonly used approaches like UGMA / UTMA and 529 plans all have drawbacks, said Ned Armand, President of Kiss Trust. Kiss Trust gives parents, grandparents, and other loved ones, a trust based savings option which ensures that the money saved will only be used for what it was intended, when it was intended. No other savings solution provides those advantages.

A Kiss Trust can be created for as little as a $ 99 one time set up fee and there is no minimum initial gift amount. Users also have access to over 5,000 name brand mutual funds – including load waived and no load funds.

Armand observed, Prior to Kiss Trust it was not feasible for the average American family to save using irrevocable trusts. Our goal was to offer a simple, easy and affordable trust savings solution for every American family. Now, every family can benefit from the advantages of an irrevocable savings trust, regardless of the amount saved each year.

For more information and reviews visit Kiss Trust, visit http://www.kisstrust.com.

About Kiss Trust

Kiss Trust is the nations exclusive provider of online saving trust document services and trust administration services. The company was founded and staffed by top talents in law, trusts and technology to make the benefits and protections of trusts accessible and affordable to everyone. Eastern Point Trust Company is not a law firm. Eastern Point Trust Company is a non-depository trust company with multiple regional offices. Eastern Point Trust Company provides fiduciary and trust administration services for trusts sitused in all 50 states.

Boundless Readers Awarded $220,000 Louis R. Lurie Foundation Grant

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 24, 2010

Boundless Readers, the leading provider of literacy-based professional development resources and programs to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), announced today that it has been awarded a legacy grant of $ 220,000 from the Louis R. Lurie Foundation. The grant is awarded for the development and launch of a new Boundless Readers initiative called Building Exemplary Schools Through Teams (BEST): Leveraging Literacy to Transform Schools.

In keeping with its mission to transform students into passionate lifelong readers, learners, and thinkers, Boundless Readers BEST pilot program will build on the innovative work it currently does with teacher teams (study groups) around literacy. Intended as a national model, BEST will multiply Boundless Readers impact exponentially from working with a single teacher team at a school to working with all the teachers and staff at a school in multiple study groups.

BEST is a breakthrough new program for Boundless Readers that will serve as a catalyst to propel our organization — and the schools, teachers, and students we serve

— to a new level of positive, sustainable change, says Mary Hicks, Executive Director of Boundless Readers.

Another significant component of BEST is the support it will allow Boundless Readers to provide to CPS principals and literacy support staff. The program will affect 175 educators including principals and support staff from five or more elementary schools. Each year 4,500 students will be served.

“For our legacy grants, we look only at the highest performing organizations out of the hundreds we have worked with over the past 30 years, says Gary Wood, Louis R. Lurie Foundation Trustee. We choose only to invest in the most innovative programs with the potential to truly alter the organization and dramatically expand its impact. Boundless Readers is one of these proven organizations, and holds enormous promise as a positive force for change in our public education system. By creating collaborative learning communities for teachers around reading, its BEST initiative has the potential to develop more lifelong readers and learners than ever among our public school children, he adds.

About Boundless Readers

Chicago-based Boundless Readers, formerly called the Rochelle Lee Fund, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more than 20 years, Boundless Readers has dedicated itself to unleashing the power of reading in children. By building the capacity of Chicago public schools and teachers through its professional development programs and resources, Boundless Readers transforms students into passionate lifelong readers, learners, and thinkers. For more information about Boundless Readers, visit http://www.boundlessreaders.org.


Boundless Readers Awarded Grants from the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation and The Seabury Foundation

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 15, 2010

Boundless Readers, the leading provider of literacy-based professional development resources and programs to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), announced today that it has been awarded grants from The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation and The Seabury Foundation.

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation awarded Boundless Readers a two-year $ 160,000 grant for the development and launch of its newest initiative: Building Exemplary Schools through Teams (BEST): Leveraging Literacy to Transform Schools.